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The beautifully landscaped city of Suzhou is located in the south-east of Jiangsu Province. The Grand Canal (Sui Dynasty 581-618), which flows from Beijing to Hangzhou (the capital of Zhejiang Province) has irrigated Suzhou aiding its illustrious culture and turning it into prosperous land. It is of little surprise that Suzhou is called ''Heaven on Earth''.

Built in 541BC by He Lv, the King of Wu, 2500 year old, Suzhou is the birthplace of Wu culture. The 8,483km2 city is bustling with historical remnants and culture, thus placing Suzhou third behind Beijing and Xi'an for its historical and cultural significance. It has been named as one of China's top 24 historical and cultural cities and is only one of the four tourist cities with environmental protection (the other three being Beijing, Hangzhou and Guilin). In 1997, Suzhou caught the world's attention by having its classic gardens placed on the UNESCO list as a World Cultural Heritage site.

Suzhou is a key silk production centre in China and the embroidery school here is ranked in the "top 4" for the whole of China.

The attractiveness of Suzhou is also evident in its performing arts (folk songs of Wu), Kunqu Opera and storytelling, as well as stele carving, calligraphy and painting.

Dating back to more than 2,500 years, Suzhou is one of China's oldest cities. After the completion of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal the city began to thrive during the Sui Dynasty.

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2011-05-23
Zhouzhuang is located 30 km southeast of Suzhou, a popular tourist destination in East China. Zhous has been known as one of the most famous water townships in China, noted for the well preserved ancient residential houses, the elegant watery views. Generarlly ...Read More
2011-05-23
Yu Garden is a classical garden in downtown Shanghai, boasts a history over 400 years. Each pavilion, hall, stone and stream in the garden is expressing the quintessence of South China landscape design from Ming and Qing Dynasty. Over forty spots, divided by ...Read More
2011-05-23
Cultural Street of Duolun Road Duolun Road is a quiet and narrow zigzag ging alleyway in HongKou District, which has become a showcase of Shanghai literati's life in 20s and 30s in the 20the century. The villas which line this pedestrianized road, are ...Read More

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by Yashodhar 2011-05-23
The Master of the Nets Garden is among the finest gardens in Suzhou. It is located at Canglang District, Dai Cheng Qiao Road, No. 11 Kuo Jia Tou Xiang. It is recognized with other classical Suzhou gardens as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Garden covers 5,400 sq.m. and is divided into two parts: the eastern house and the western garden. Half enclosed by a ...
by Haile 2011-05-23
The Taihu Lake, is the 3rd largest and one of "Five Famous Freshwater Lakes". It covers the water area between Jiangsu and Zhejiang Provinces. The lake forms because the silt, from the Yangtze River and Qiantang River has been deposited in the ancient riverbed. The Taihu Lake covers an area of 2,420 square km, 68km long from the north to south, 56km wide ...
by Blaine 2011-05-23
Suzhou Literature Temple was built in A.D 1035 in the Song Dynasty, first serving as the academic school for Confucianism learning. Though the building area has been reduced to the one sixth of the original site, its reputation never dwindles. Nowadays, this temple is known as a cultural relic market among Suzhou citizens. Walking along the pathway which ...